Director: Paul Mazursky

Year: 1996
Country: USA

Tagline: A comedy about a wife, her husband and his hit man

Production Companies: Miramax Films, New Line Cinema, Price Entertainment, Savoy Pictures, Tribeca Productions

Cast: Cher, Chazz Palminteri, Ryan O'Neal, Paul Mazursky, Amber Smith, Elisa Leonetti, Allison Janney, Olinda Turturro

Writers: Chazz Palminteri

Produced by: Nan L. Bernstein, Henry Bronchtein, Robert De Niro, Peter Gatien, Dan Lauria, Jane Rosenthal, Geoffrey Taylor

Original Music by: Phillip Johnston

Cinematography by: Fred Murphy

Film Editing by: Nicholas C. Smith

Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama

Runtime: 91 min

MPAA: Rated R for language and sex-related dialogue

Release Date:

3 April 1996 - USA

6 September 1996 - Turkey

19 September 1996 - Germany

3 October 1996 - Australia

3 October 1996 - Hungary

7 February 1997 - South Africa

18 April 1997 - Portugal

6 May 1997 - Spain

12 April 2004 - UK (TV premiere)

Trailers: Trailer (Flash) www.trailerfan.com

Official site: Movieweb

Budget: $13,000,000

Opening Weekend: $967,956 (USA)

US Gross: $2,104,439

Worldwide Gross: $2,500,000




Plot summary:


Tony (Chazz Palminteri) is a killer hired by Jack (Ryan O'Neal) to hill his wife, Margaret (Cher). As planned, Tony breaks into the couple's house on the eve of their 20th anniversary, while Jack works late at the office -- establishing his alibi. After entering the house, Tony takes Margaret hostage and awaits the telephone call from Jack signaling Tony to kill Margaret.
While awaiting the call, Margaret attempts to convince Tony to make love to her before he kills her and to agree to take a contract to kill her husband after she's gone. It soon becomes evident that things aren't going as planned. But who is being deceived? Who is being seduced? Who really commissioned the murder?



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- Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman were originally down to play the parts later taken up by Cher and Ryan O'Neal.

- Filming locations for the movie:

Harrison, New York, USA

New York City, New York, USA


Memorable quotes:


Margaret: Ya know, there should be a law against 24 year old blondes with big tits named Debbie.


Margaret: Does your mother know what you do for a living?
Tony: No.
Margaret: Well, she wouldn't like it.


Margaret: Ya know cuz you'll do anything for someone you love, except love them again.


Tony: Come on, you sound like my shrink!
Margaret: You're in therapy?
Tony: I'm not ashamed to say I got problems like anybody else.
Margaret: Well, I'm not, trying to insult you. I mean, I've got problems, too. I've been going to a therapist for five years, but you're a hired killer.
Tony: It's a job.
Margaret: No, a job is selling real estate!


[two men are admiring a Rolls Royce parked near the sidewalk]
Young Man at Rolls: Nice Rolls. Beautiful. Incredible.
Young Man at Rolls: You see the line, though?
Young Man at Rolls: It's incredibly beautiful. I wonder what it costs.
Young Man at Rolls: More than we could ever afford.
Young Man at Rolls: Yeah, well, wouldn't it be great to have a car like this? Totally awesome.
Margaret: [looking miserable] It wont make you happy.
Young Man at Rolls: [realizing her presence] What?
Margaret: This car, it won't make you happy.
Young Man at Rolls: [scoffs] I'll look happy, though.
Young Man at Rolls: Yeah.
[gestures towards Margaret]
Young Man at Rolls: Let's help her out. I think we should help her.
Young Man at Rolls: [to Margaret] You all right?
[she doesn't reply]
Young Man at Rolls: You need some help?
[Margaret nods solemnly]
Young Man at Rolls: [reaching for his wallet] Look, I just have 20s.
Young Man at Rolls: Give her some money.
Young Man at Rolls: That's all I have.
[man two snatches the wallet]
Young Man at Rolls: Look, don't,
[Man two hands Margaret the money]
Young Man at Rolls: Aw, man, come on.
[Margaret looks at it, waits a beat, then takes the 20. She smiles sadly, nods, gets in the Rolls Royce and drives away. The men watch, dumbfounded ]
Young Man at Rolls: [teasingly shoves the second man] You owe me 20 bucks!


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